This sweeping, delirious romance begins in the Polish countryside, where Wiktor (Tomasz Kot), a musician on a state-sponsored mission to collect folk songs, discovers a captivating young singer named Zula (Joanna Kulig, in a performance for the ages). Over the next fifteen years, their turbulent relationship will play out in stolen moments between two worlds: the jazz clubs of decadent bohemian Paris, to which he defects, and the corrupt, repressive Communist Bloc, where she remainsâuniverses bridged by their passion for music and for each other. Photographed in luscious monochrome and suffused with the melancholy of the simple folk song that provides a motif for the coupleâs fateful affair, PaweÅ Pawlikowskiâs timeless storyâinspired by that of his own parentsâis a heart-stoppingly grand vision of star-crossed love caught up in the tide of history.
New conversation between Pawe? Pawlikowski and filmmaker Alejandro G. IÃ±Ã¡rritu
Press conference featuring Pawe? Pawlikowski and Lukasz Zal; actors Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, and Borys Szyc; and producer Ewa Puszczynska